Watch the clip of Comrade Trump’s seconded worst attorney, Wrong-Again Rudy, in this tweet:
This is going to be a pretty problematic admission for Rudes and Trump. I’ll explain in a moment. pic.twitter.com/fQkeMjdXVa
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) July 30, 2018
Now aside from his obvious dementia and weird tics, what Rudy tells us is that there was a pre-meeting to set up for the meeting with the Russians. All the principal players are there, including Comrade Trump’s fixer, Michael Cohen. This is important to keep in mind, especially because Cohen is willing to testify that Comrade Trump knew about the meeting.
We now turn to Talking Point Memo:
Now, I’ve had some off the grid moments in the last ten days. But I don’t think I’d ever heard of this planning meeting. If nothing else, it suggests that the Trump team took the planned encounter with the Russian government emissary much more seriously than they’ve suggested to date. And then there’s Rick Gates, Manafort’s deputy. As we know, Gates is now a cooperating witness. Big problem for the Trump Team, if he was at such a planning meeting…
…The other point is the date: June 7th. That’s the date when Trump made that primary election night victory speech where he teased his upcoming anti-Hillary speech where he’d reveal a bunch of new dirt on Hillary, a speech that ended up never happening.
And so we see now more clearly that Comrade Trump clearly knew about the meeting. He was so excited from the pre-meeting about getting dirt on Clinton from the Russians that he blurted out two days ahead of time that the dirt existed, and that he would reveal all at a press conference in a couple of days!
We now change channels to CNN (and yes, I’m sorry to do that to you, but the first part of it, about Squiggy Trump is important):
“Impossible.” Barbara Res, a former Trump Organization executive, says there is no chance Donald Trump would not have been informed of the Trump Tower meeting before hand https://t.co/qqKKCkHYy1 pic.twitter.com/6t9VlnmWKz
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) July 31, 2018
So let’s sum up what we’ve learned in this post:
- Rudy says that there was a pre-meeting that Michael Cohen attended.
- Rick Gates, who has turned state’s evidence was there, too.
- Barbara Res says that Don Jr. absolutely would have told Daddy Dearest about the meeting with the Russians ahead of time.
- Comrade Trump, the Russian Usurper, bragged about getting dirt on Hillary and said he would reveal all after the pre-meeting.
- When the dirt was not forthcoming*, he never had the press conference he promised.
I’m not a lawyer, and unlike Always-Wrong Rudy, I don’t play one on teevee, but Rudy just gave the missing piece of the puzzle to Bob Mueller. There definitely was a conspiracy, from the top, to violate federal election laws.
UPDATE 1: Even Comrade Trump says his collusion was successful –
Russian Collusion with the Trump Campaign, one of the most successful in history, is a TOTAL HOAX. The Democrats paid for the phony and discredited Dossier which was, along with Comey, McCabe, Strzok and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, used to begin the Witch Hunt. Disgraceful!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2018
What a moron.
- UPDATE 2: Scissorhead RWW points out the obvious error in item #5, above. Thank you, RWW!